"Life in the Wilderness" (#5: Proven)

Sermon Date: 
Apr 02 2017
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Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

INTRODUCTION
How would you define temptation?
Where does temptation come from?
What is the purpose of temptation?

ADDITIONAL NOTE:
The word temptation as a dual meaning, "to tempt" or "to test". Satan tempts to destroy your relationship with God and with others. However, God may use such temptations as a means to test your heart. For example, when you are being faced with a temptation what choice will you make? Will you run away from the temptation or fall into the temptation?

1 John 2:15-16 reveals three main categories of temptation: lust of the flesh; lust of the eyes; pride of life. What might be an example under each of these categories?

James 1:13-15 reveals how we are accountable for how we act/respond with tempted (God does not tempt but each is tempted by his own evil desires.)

READ MATTHEW 4:1-11
1. Why do you think the Holy Spirit sent Jesus into the desert?
2. How is Satan trying to tempt Jesus? Do you see how Satan may be tempting Jesus under these three categories (i.e., flesh, eyes, pride of life)?
3. How does Jesus (representing the Israelites) respond differently than how the Israelites reacted in the desert?
4. What can we learn from Jesus when it comes to our own battles of temptation?

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Satan was ultimately trying to get Jesus to trust in him (not God), worship him, and to provide Jesus a kingdom on earth without the cross! The temptation is for Jesus to still have power and reign over people without having to suffer the cross! 1 Peter 1:6-7 explains how our trials and times of suffering is used to reveal our faith in God which is to brings praise, glory, and honor to Jesus.

READ 1 Corinthians 10:13
1. What is the promise God gives for Christians?
2. What are ways God helps us to escape such temptations?

ADDITIONAL NOTE:
Satan tempts to provide alternative options for consideration. God uses them to test what you will choose. May we follow in the words of Christ and declare, "for it is written, worship the LORD your God, and serve him only!"

CONCLUSION
What ways are you currently being tempted that is trying to get you to turn away from God's ways?
What application can you apply in your life to battle against temptations? (See also Ephesians 6:10-18)

May you be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led that has you declare victory over the enemy's schemes!
Pastor Trevor